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How to Build an Affordable Concrete Home

Custom-built homes are commonly gracing glossy magazine covers. That's because... More

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ASTM to Develop Green Roof Guide

A proposed new ASTM International standard, WK14283, "Guide for Green Roof Systems," will identify terminology, principles, and concepts for building vegetated green roof systems. More

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Getting on Top of the Residential Market

Roof tile production across the country is on the rise. And it's about time, since tile is the predominant roof covering material worldwide. According to the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI), the industry's marketing organization, tile roofing is a $603 million industry in the United States. Tile, which includes clay and concrete, continues to grow in popularity, and is now the dominant roofing material along the West Coast, across the Sunbelt, and in Florida. More

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Different, But Similar

Q: What is the difference between ground block, ground face block, burnished block, and honed block? More

Green Roofs: The Waterproofing Aspects

More green roof assemblies are being installed every year. However, a green roof... More

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Keeping Out the Noise: Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta

In a single day, Saturday, June 1, 2002, the elevated concrete pour for the entire exhibit hall roof of the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) was successfully completed. More

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Insulating Roof-Wall Intersections

The insulation within a cavity wall is often interrupted at the parapet, with the roof insulation stopping on one side of the interior wythe of the parapet and the cavity wall insulation stopping at the roof line. This creates a cold spot. What can be done to avoid this? More

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Integrating Parapet and Roofing Flashing

On the inside face of a parapet or wherever a masonry wall intersects a lower roof, I have seen cases where the masonry flashing exits the wall one or more courses above the top of the retaining bar for the roof base flashing. Will this cause any problems? More

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A System for Building Sloped Concrete Roofs

The residential roofing market may soon change due to the ingenuity of architect Jose Henriquez and engineer Francisco Bermudez, who have developed a method of forming and building sloping roofs of reinforced concrete that uses commonly available construction materials and methods. More

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Avoiding Problems Caused by Roof Shrinkage

I have seen cases where roof shrinkage has broken off the top courses of brick masonry. How can parapets be detailed to prevent this from happening? More

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